Who's ready for the holiday weekend? However you're choosing to celebrate this summer, we've rounded up the perfect plant-based dishes to make your BBQs and potlucks (virtual or otherwise) a bit more nutritious. Even if you're not vegan, these meatless dishes are packed with fresh produce, essential vitamins, and delicious flavors. So eat up!
1. BBQ TEMPEH BOWL
Recipe by: Healthy Happy Life
For a smoky-sweet dinner reminiscent of camping trips and summer barbeques, we love these BBQ tempeh bowls packed with plant-based protein and healthy nutrients. Serve with fresh avocados and a dollop (or more) of the super easy vegan ranch. And go heavy on the sprouts.
2. MACARONI SALAD
Recipe by: Minimalist Baker
For a healthy take on one of our favorite summer classics, Minimalist Baker has perfected vegan macaroni salad. This recipe—made with only 10 ingredients—is crunchy, light, and fresh, and it's the perfect dish to rave about over your virtual potluck.
3. CLASSIC VEGAN COLESLAW
Recipe by: The Simple Veganista
Another favorite side dish for summer days is good ole fashion coleslaw. This vegan recipe from The Simple Veganista is healthier than the store-bought version and is made in only 10 minutes. We recommend making the homemade vegan mayo as well—no guilt here about going back for seconds!
4. Barbecued Seitan Ribz
Recipe by: Fat Free Vegan
Is it truly summer without some baby back ribs? If you're craving ribs but prefer to go meatless, try this recipe as the main course for your weekend cookout. Using Seiten, liquid smoke, and your favorite bbq sauce, it's the perfect plant-based dish for summer.